Researchers have found another exemplary use of the text messages. The studies have found that the medication alert service could save many lives and millions of dollars spent yearly on preventable and non-adherence illnesses.
The research was performed in London at Queens Mary University on 300 patients taking medicine for Blood Pressure and/or Cholesterol. The patients were divided into two groups as one group received the medication reminding messages while the other did not receive the reminding message.
The first group was sent messages on daily basis for two weeks, then every other day for another two weeks and then weekly for 6 months. The patients have to reply the text after their medication. If the patients were found unresponsive to the text they have been given a call.
The end result depicts that that the patients who received the reminding messages and haven taken their medication were more likely to be recovered from their disease and can be removed from their medication.
The study lead author Dr. David Wald said that “The problem of failure in taking the prescribed medicine can easily solved by this medication alert service. The text message service is also a clue provider for the patients in need of help”.
The researchers are hopeful that this method would soon be adopted by many of the doctors around the globe.
“it’s really important for the heart patients to take their prescribed medicine to control their high blood pressure and cholesterol which really reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack” said by Maureen Talbot of the British Heart Foundation.
She also recommended the researchers to implement the study on a higher level to know the significance of this medication reminder.